Kitchen Social gives children and young people a safe place to go during the school holidays where they can socialise, make new friends and get a healthy FREE meal.
The programme is about so much more than just food. It looks at general mental and physical well-being and social integration. Additional benefits include learning about healthy eating, skills development, social inclusion, identification of children and young people in need and the development of staff, volunteers and local capacity.
Since its inception in January 2017, Kitchen Social has delivered food and activities through 122 hubs in 24 boroughs, delivered 2,978 sessions and provided 97,792 meals to 21,124 children and young people, and secured 286 volunteer hours from professional chefs and nutritionists.
“I learned how to be creative with food and tried so many new dishes, like bean curry, which I would never have had before”– Young Person
“We had an 18 year old living in a hostel and noticed she was eating the available food with appetite; this grabbed our attention and we discovered the difficult situation she was living in and her food insecurity. We assisted her assuring she gets help through the correct services“ – Youth Worker
“My children benefited so much, they played sports, which means they got lots of exercise whilst having fun” – Parent
“I learned how to cook on a large scale and encouraged parents to change in terms of meals they provided at home” – Youth Worker
“We learned it’s actually fun to eat healthy” – Young Person
Anne Longfield OBE, Children’s Commissioner for England, says:
“We live in one of the most affluent countries in the world, yet we have hundreds of thousands of children going hungry. I’ve met children who tell me they don’t know what will be in the cupboard during the school holidays when they’re not receiving their school meal. The fact is, if you grow up in poverty you have fewer opportunities to live a healthy, prosperous life.
Tackling child poverty and keeping children safe should be a moral endeavour for every government. Our ambition should be for a country that is a great place to grow up for every child. The Government must make tackling food insecurity and child poverty a priority through changes to the benefits system and more investment in early years and family support.”
If you would like more information or have a question about the programme, please contact us using the form below and one of the team will be in touch.